Thursday, December 20, 2012

Manchester City striker Mario Baloteli accepts fine for misconduct.


Mario Balotelli accepts a two-week fine dropping his tribunal action against Manchester City over his disciplinary record last season.
Manchester City made the decision to discipline Baloteli with a £340,000 fine after missing 11 games domestically and in Europe last season due to suspensions. The striker however opposed the punishment and a tribunal was set after the punishment was challenged, with the Professional Footballers’ Association intervening on Balotelli’s behalf to argue such measures have no precedent and are in breach of agreed guidelines.
The hearing was slated to take place on Wednesday until "amicable" talks on Tuesday night between the two parties.
City released a statement shortly after his acceptance of the fine:
The statement read: “After amicable talks between the parties, as a sign of respect for Roberto Mancini, the supporters and the club, Mario Balotelli has chosen to accept a two-week fine levied upon him by the club and withdraw his disciplinary appeal, which was due to be heard by a Premier League panel today. Mario remains available for selection for all forthcoming fixtures.”